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Not all Vampires Sparkle

Energy vampires do not attack only at night.  They continue to suck the electrical juice from a home 24 hours per day seven days per week.  Any device that continues using power when in a sleep or standby mode can be considered an energy vampire.  As long as their fangs are attached to a power outlet, they continue to consume electricity.

Most energy vampires include small electronic devices, such as DVD and DVR players, printers and laptop adapters, items that are left plugged in and often go unused for days, weeks or even months.  In many cases as much as 20% of the power used in one’s home is wasted by devices powered up but in the standby mode.  Cell phone chargers are some of the sneakiest.  If plugged into a wall, regardless of whether the phone is attached, these chargers continue drawing a small amount of power.

In addition to their beady red LED eyes, it is possible to identify one’s energy vampires by the method in which they plug into the outlet.  Wall warts are usually small square transformers that plug directly into the wall outlet.  Normally they convert the AC power from the outlet to a 9- or 12-volt DC power for devices including cordless phones, answering machines and battery chargers.  Bricks use a standard plug and AC cord that attached to the heavier duty brick shaped transformer in the middle of the line.  These are the chargers often found on laptop adapters.  Consider the following ways to fight against their slow drain of your electricity.

Computers and printers should be completely powered down instead of being put into a sleep or standby mode.

The power cord is the main vein through which energy vampires suck energy.  Unplug the device from the wall and it cannot consume any more energy until plugged back into a receptacle.

Use power strips with an on/off switch when plugging energy vampires into the electrical outlet.  A single flip of the switch can block their access to the grid, reducing one’s overall power consumption.

Do you have questions what might be sucking the energy out of your home? The comfort specialists at Hobaica Services are ready to help.

Hobaica Services @ or 602-995-0387

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Karen Smith
Karen Smith
00:13 30 Sep 22
An adjustment to our thermostat that, frankly, we should have figured out ourselves. But, the tech, Scot, took time to reset and teach us a few things and was extremely polite and helpful. Thank you!!
Graeme Hay
Graeme Hay
15:09 29 Sep 22
Great service by John today! Very kind to our dog too!9/22 update: great service from Jacey today
Jorge Velazquez
Jorge Velazquez
14:41 29 Sep 22
Donovan from Hobaica came over to inspect our A/C unit. Was very knowledgeable and professional, answered all my questions, strongly recommend Hobaica to anyone looking for professional, reliable, honest work
Cecilia Lok
Cecilia Lok
03:24 28 Sep 22
Really appreciated the text, email and phone call from the technician with ETA. Technician is courteous and professional. Identified the problem.
Cheryl Schmidt
Cheryl Schmidt
02:21 28 Sep 22
They did an excellent job!
Diane Wiesenthal
Diane Wiesenthal
01:20 27 Sep 22
Ryan Waters was the technician and he did a great job. He provided advice on the best filter to use and then proceeded to check out my system. When he discovered a serious leak he provided a clear explanation of what needed to be done and suggested the most cost efficient method of repairing it. It was a very good experience.
Jim Stevens
Jim Stevens
17:39 26 Sep 22
The electrician, Justin Driver was fantastic. We had a fairly complicated issue and he diligently worked the issue to full resolution over the course of 3 visits. He was always on time, very friendly and professional on every visit and even helped my move a heavy bed away from a wall for outlet access. I would highly recommend Hobaica and Justin if you have electrical issues in your home.
Grant Simpson
Grant Simpson
16:13 25 Sep 22
Tom showed up on time, was friendly, diagnosed and fixed the problem. He was a great rep for hobaica
Michael Madden
Michael Madden
23:17 23 Sep 22
Grayson was a fantastic technician. He was able to determine the problem immediately and was very thorough in explaining how he would fix it. He also helped us to understand how to prevent the problem from happening again in the future.

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